Quantifying the enormous good the Church does worldwide


No voluntary organisation in the world does more work in the fields of education, healthcare, poverty relief, etc. than the…

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By Dr Angelo Bottone

This week an article attacked Irish doctors who offer medical assistance to women who have taken abortion pills and then changed their minds before the effects were final. The article contains a number of claims that need to be challenged....

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In a previous blog I discussed an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that debates certain principles for allocating scarce medical resources during a pandemic. The authors propose four main values that can be useful when there is...

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In both Germany and France, judges have ruled that a ban on public worship in response to the pandemic is disproportionate and a violation of rights. The judges were aware of the need to protect public health, but believed this...

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While Ireland plans to keep the ban on public religious ceremonies until July 20th, other European countries are allowing public worship again much sooner. In fact, we seem to be one of the last countries to restore public worship. In...

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This is the full stranscript of an interview given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Today with Sarah McInerney (RTE Radio 1), on 13th May.   SMcI: What churches will look like in the new normal?  Archbishop, thank you very much...

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On Tuesday, we celebrated International Nurses Day, which coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She is regarded as a founder of modern nursing after she became famous for her work during the Crimean War of the 1850s. What has...

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Catholic Bishops call for inquiry into damaging impact of covid19 on nursing homes


The Catholic Bishops have called for an official inquiry into why nursing home facilities in Ireland were so badly affected by covid19. Residents of nursing homes, accounted for 63% of…

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Introducing The Iona Institute

Our new, 80-second video explains who we are, what we do, and the principles that we stand for. We invite…

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